Buddha was born at Kapilavastu
Enlightened at Magadah
Taught at Paranasi
Entered Nirvana at Kusinagara
Now I open Buddha Tathagatha’s eating bowls
May we be relieved from self-clinging
With all sentient beings.
In the midst of the three treasures with all sentient beings, let us recite the names of Buddha:
Pure Dharmakaya Vairochana Buddha
Complete Sambhogakaya Vairochana Buddha
Numerous Nirmanakaya Shakyamuni Buddhas
Future Maitreya Buddha
All Buddhas throughout space and time
Mahayana Saddharma Pundarika Sutra
Great Manjusri Bodhisattva
Great compassionate Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
All Bodhisattva Mahasattvas
Maha Prajna Paramita
This food comes from the efforts of all sentient beings, past and present, and its ten advantages give us physical and spiritual well-being and promote pure practice.
We offer this meal of three virtues and six tastes to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and to the life of the Dharma worlds.
First, seventy-two labors brought us this food.
Bow in shashu
We should know how it comes to us
Second, as we receive this offering, we should consider whether our virtue and practice deserve it.
Third, as we desire the natural order of mind, to be free from clinging, we must be free from greed.
Fourth, to support our life we take this food.
Fifth, to attain our Way we take this food.
Bow, make food offering
All those of the spiritual worlds, now I give you this offering. This food will pervade everywhere.
First, this food is for the three treasures.
Bow, put spoon in 1st bowl, sticks on 2nd
Second, it is for our teachers, parents, nation, and all sentient beings.
Third, it is for all beings in the six worlds.
Bow, hold Buddha Bowl above eye level
Thus we eat this food with everyone.
We eat to stop all suffering, to practice good, to save all sentient beings, and to accomplish our Buddha Way.
(When leader finishes first bowl, offering and condiments are collected. When leader puts down spatula, water is served. When leader gasshos, water is collected. Ino starts:)
The water with which I wash these bowls tastes like ambrosia;
I offer it to the various spirits to satisfy them.
Om, Makurasai Svaha!
May we exist in muddy water with purity like a lotus.
Thus we bow to Buddha.